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50 years after her Grandma migrated to England from Jamaica, her granddaughter has been wondering exactly why?
A woman makes a decision that will change her family’s history and the course of their future. This performance considers the eminence and consequence of that choice voiced through the third generation granddaughter who is speaking from both perspectives of herself and Matilda. Two women of the same age with 50 years between them growing up in two different time periods and different contexts are both finding reasons to leave and cross the Atlantic to find a new home. The context of England in 2013, and deep Jamaican history towards Africa and the slave trade is acknowledged by the position of the storyteller and the contradictions she faces in her in-betweeness. The project celebrates our most recent history of migration in Britain and also highlights the importance of retracing and retelling oral histories and cultural heritage.The project further questions the joining of cultures in Britain, and the future of mixed race identity in our growing communities.
Ria Hartley performs Matilda and Me solo; the piece is presented as a Biomyth (biographical mythology) of her lived experiences, reflecting poetically on the story of her and her Grandma, and the story about the two islands they are from.
For more information please visit: www.riahartley.com